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Dr. Evans Prieston
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Antimicrobial Resistance (Overview)

Antimicrobial resistance refers to bacteria or viruses which have become mutated so that certain drugs no longer affect them.


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What are factors that contibute to antimicrobial resistance.?

What are factors that contibute to antimicrobial resistance.?

Antibiotic overuse: Perhaps the two most important factors are (1) inappropriate use of antibiotics in humans to treat viral infections and (2) inappropriate use of antibiotics in livestock. ...Read more

Dr. Evans Prieston
27 doctors shared insights

Antimicrobial Resistance (Overview)

Antimicrobial resistance refers to bacteria or viruses which have become mutated so that certain drugs no longer affect them.


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How do we protect ourselves from the increasing antimicrobial resistance?

How do we protect ourselves from the increasing antimicrobial resistance?

ABx only when needed: Don't ask your doctor for unnecessary antibiotics when you have a viral infection, and lobby congress for regulation of unnecessary antibiotic use in livestock. ...Read more

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Taking Antibiotics (Checklist)

Follow directions on label
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Take all doses as directed. Don't stop when you feel better.
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Do not take someone else's antibiotic
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Throw away any leftover antibiotics when you're done
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Can you tell me about antibiotic resistance?

Can you tell me about antibiotic resistance?

Abx Resistance: It is the case where the bacteria develops mechanisms to fight our antibiotics and render them ineffective. ...Read more

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What sort of problem is antibiotic resistance?

What sort of problem is antibiotic resistance?

Big problem: When an antibiotic is given, susceptible bacteria die but any bacteria that have the ability to survive the antibiotic survive and then multiply so the bacteria that are left, cannot be killed by that antibiotic. The bacteria that are left are thus resistant to that antibiotic. ...Read more

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Which factors that lead to antibiotic resistance?

Which factors that lead to antibiotic resistance?

Acquired genes: Since the introduction of abx in usable quantities we have seen germs gradually change. They have dna like u do & can mutate over time.Some can reproduce in < 10 minutes & every generation can form a new resistant mutant, reg abx kill the old & the mutant lives on to create pbs.Every time someone takes abx it puts pressure on germs & a mutant may emerge. That's why we shouldn't take for viruses. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how antibiotic resistance has evolved?

Antibiotic resistanc: Antibiotic resistance has evolved because of overuse of antibiotics for viral infection which do not respond to antibiotics.. Also some bugs can mutate and become drug resistant ...Read more

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What types of antibiotic resistance are common out there?

Common problem: Not long after the first penicillin became available we started to see staphylococcus that was resistant. Synthetic penicillins (methacillin& others) were developed & we had more resistant germs. Sometimes we can focus treatment by sending a germ to the lab(uti) & testing it against several abx to make sure we only use the one that works. That slows the emergence of new resistant germs. ...Read more

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What symptoms of antibiotic resistance are the most important?

Continued infection: If you are infected with a bacterium that is resistant to the antibiotics you are taking, your infection may not improve. Depending on the type and location of your infection, cultures may be needed to pinpoint the specific organism. The lab can then run a sensitivity test to see which anitbiotics are effective. ...Read more

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Tolerance (Definition)

When one takes a drug, such as heroin or alcohol, repeatedly, 'tolerance' develops because more of the drug is needed to give the same effect on the body/brain; e.g. Liver enzymes r stimulated to metabolize the drug faster and faster. There may be a strong genetic predisposition to addiction, some studies suggesting that 1 of 10 people will become dependent on alcohol or some ...Read more


Dr. David Rosenberg
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Antibiotic Resistance (Definition)

Antibiotic resistance is a symptom in which the bacteria infecting a person is resistant to some or all of the antibiotics available. Resistance means that the bacteria cannot be stopped or killed by the antibiotic, or that it takes a lot more antibiotics (big doses) ...Read more